Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @bigjmoody
Savannah Ghost Tours
Travelers flock to Savannah, one of the most haunted cities in the United States, for Halloween. Visit Savannah has curated a list of the spookiest ghost tours in the city, including tours by trolley, on foot, and in an actual hearse, where you can learn about the most bone-chilling stories in Savannah's history.
The Savannah Underground, one of the newest attractions in the city, places guests front and center on a 360-degree set immersed in some of Savannah's darkest tales, reenacted right before your eyes. You can add an immersive trolley ride before the show, which gives you a glimpse into the city's troubled past and doubles as a ghost hunting bootcamp.
Want to sleep in a haunted hotel while you're in town? Book a room at The Marshall House, which opened in 1851 and has had more than a few guests report seeing ghosts in the hallways, hearing strange noises and having unexplainable experiences.
Milledgeville Ghost Tours
Milledgeville, founded in 1804, has a rich history that comes with a side of spooky sightings. The city’s historic district is known for ghostly encounters at places like Memory Hill Cemetery and the infamous Homestead House, which has had spooky sightings on the grounds since its earliest days in the 1800s, including several ghosts and strange noises. Hear tales of local hauntings on the Ghosts of Milledgeville Walking Tour on Saturdays in October, or explore the historic district's spooky landmarks at your own pace on the Historic Self-Guided Ghost Tour.
Metro Atlanta Ghost Tours
The Atlanta area offers many ghost tours, including Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Cemetery Tours in October, which bring to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s most notorious residents. Year-round, you can join Roswell Ghost Tours and Decatur Ghost Tours, both led by actual paranormal investigators, and Marietta Ghost Tours, a lantern-led walk and a compelling blend of history, storytelling, and the supernatural and paranormal.
Covington Ghost Tours
Covington, which has been featured in dozens of movies and TV shows like The Vampire Diaries, offers multiple walking tours around the town, many of which have been investigated by experts from The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Real and official Covington Ghost Tours are led by experienced ghost guides who take guests to multiple haunted sites and filming locations for television shows like "The Dukes of Hazzard," "In the Heat of the Night," and "The Vampire Diaries." The 90-minute tours are available Friday and Saturday nights, and sometimes Sunday nights throughout the year.
Americus Ghost Tours
The Windsor Hotel in Americus, Georgia, (est. 1892) offers a 45-minute guided tour highlighting a tragedy that led to the death of a woman and her young daughter. The tour visits areas of the hotel that are not open to the public. Reservations are required, and tours are given by appointment only.
After your tour, why not stay the night? Guests of the hotel can sometimes hear a child’s footsteps and see the reflection of a woman in a mirror. Book a room at The Windsor Hotel and see if you have your own ghost encounter.